Wednesday, September 7

Book: Dawnshard, Brandon Sanderson Click for more info

Dawnshard seems far more significant to the Cosmere than it should be, considering it's actually a "novella". At 150 odd pages its a quick, yet dense, read, and in many ways raises more questions than it answers. That's not to say that anything in the Cosmere is irrelevant, it's more a warning that one shouldn't underestimate this book.

Everything else remains standard Cosmere fare: the novella is well written, the action dramatic, the progress generous and the plot tantalising (which isn't necessarily great for those of us who need answers). It's vital in both the Stormlight Archive and wider Cosmere, which I suspect will be par for the course going forward.

Film: Bullet Train Click for more info

There's something valuable about a film with a focused remit. That's not to say that Bullet Train was focused - if anything it was a bit of a mess and I loved it.

The star of the show was easily Brad Pitt. I'd even suggest the film wouldn't have been half as good without him. Otherwise it was simple, not overly ambitious (in a good way) and funny with a decently layered whodunit plot. Oh and the action was on par too.

Easily one of the best films I've seen this year and I can't wait to watch it again once it's available for home viewing. Recommended